The Last Day

Today is it. My last day in Maine. I did it. I finished.

Tomorrow is the day that I’ve been waiting for. It came so fast, but it seemed like it would never get here.

I’m overflowing with happiness because I know that this time tomorrow I will be on my way to be with my people again. I can’t wait to see their faces and hug their necks.

It’s been a summer full of growing and progressing. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and I’ve learned so much about myself.

As I write this, I can’t seem to say exactly how I feel as I’m soaking up my last few hours here.

It’s going to be strange waking up and not seeing my roommates. After three months of living, working, and adventuring together I’m sure it’s going to be weird being 1,300 miles away from them. Not to mention they live a couple thousand miles from me in the “real world”. So we don’t know when our paths will cross again. It’s scary.

It will be nice to no longer be working 40 hours each week, but I will miss the thick paycheck. I’m not particularly looking forward to growing up and actually having a “real” job full time. I think I’ll stick for working at my university’s outdoor center as long as I can.

I’m going to miss living half a mile from a National Park. Acadia was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever hiked through. I’m determined to see all of the parks eventually.

As I wrap up my time here, I only have one regret: wishing I was home instead of enjoying days. I mean yeah, I did have a lot of fun and do a lot of really incredible things while I’ve been away, but there were also days when I wanted nothing more to be in the humid state of Tennessee. Now that I don’t have any more days here with these people, I wish I would of been less of a baby some days. I wish I would have done more to utilize my time here. But there’s no going back.

I wouldn’t trade this summer for anything. I’m thankful for really cool opportunities like this and I’m thankful I had the courage to leave home for three months completely on my own.

As I head back to Crossville and eventually Chattanooga for school, I’m determined to make the most out of each and every day because this summer I learned that the time is going to pass no matter what, so I might as well enjoy the days while I’m living them.